It’s About Politics, Not Academic Freedom


MINOT, N.D. — Wanna hear a joke?

A noisy contingent from North Dakota’s university system, as well as their sundry apologists, are upset about an amendment to legislation that would withhold some matching tax dollars, under the challenge grants program, for state schools that partner with abortion providers.

This is an affront to academic freedom, they tell us.

Keep politics out of higher education, they say.

The punch line?

The organization at issue is Planned Parenthood, one of the most rabidly partisan organizations operating in America today, which has been funding researchers at North Dakota State University for something like a decade now.

Note that I wrote “partisan” and not “ideological.” That’s a distinction with a difference. Planned Parenthood isn’t promoting a set of ideas. They’re promoting Democrats.

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